Quinoa, a pseudo grain, (it’s actually a seed) is a nutrient rich food that can be transformed into many different recipes.  One of the most beneficial components of quinoa is its adequate amino acid profile, making it a complete protein source.  The high protein and fiber content of quinoa also makes it a low glycemic food that will actually help stabilize your blood sugar.  Of course the best quality of quinoa is the ability to transform the flavor depending on what your taste buds desire!

Below are 3 creative ways to incorporate quinoa + it’s many benefits into your daily diet.

  • Add ½ c of cooked quinoa to a bed of arugula, cherry tomatoes, sliced bell pepper & eggs (pictured)
  • Replace your morning cereal or oatmeal with ½ -1 c of quinoa and top with walnuts, cinnamon & dried or fresh fruit
  • Saute any combination of vegetables and add in ½ -1 c of cooked quinoa for a complete protein source & top with goat cheese

Quinoa is most cost effective when purchased from the bulk section of your local grocery store or at Costco.  Whether you are on a budget or not, the nutrient density vs. cost of quinoa is hard to beat, proving that eating healthy is very affordable!

Bridget Baxter